THE MYSTIC MANDRAKE by C. J. S. Thompson
The mandrake is in actual fact a dangerous plant; from the root a powerful drug is prepared, the berries are even more dangerous as a poison. In careful dosage, it may be an aphrodisiac. In Rome it was used in surgical operations as an anesthetic; small doses were also given to relieve depression and anxiety. Later herbalists mixed it with brandy against rheumatism and boiled the leaves with milk for scrofula.
But its medicinal properties are only the beginning of the story. It has a rich history in ancient times: there are chapters in this book devoted to Ancient Egypt, Assyria and Persia; China; ancient Greece; in Britain in Anglo-Saxon times; perhaps most interesting of all is the chapter on the Mandrake of the Hebrews and the Bible, and the chapter on the Mandrake in Josephus. ~~from the dust jacket
THE MYSTIC MANDRAKE
Author: C. J. S. Thompson, Curator of the Museum, Royal College of Surgeons
Publisher: University Books, Inc.
Condition: This Hard Cover book is used, and has the original paper dust jacket and a mylar cover. The paper dust jacket has the printing rubbed off in one corner as you can see in the photo. This edition seems to be a First, with no other date than the copyright of 1968. 253 pages.